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  • The 10 best beaches in Croatia

    The 10 best beaches in Croatia

    September 26th, 2014Jonathan Bousfield
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    When it comes to beaches in Croatia, the best advice is to head south: it’s on the Dalmatian coast where the most seductive sandy shores, pebbly coves and sun-fried rocks are to be found. Here are 10 of the best: 1. Spiaza, Susak Desert island getaways don’t come much better than on Susak, a tiny Croatian…

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  • Where to stay in Croatia on a budget

    Where to stay in Croatia on a budget

    June 30th, 2014Jonathan Bousfield
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    Is there such a thing as a cheap sleep in Croatia? It’s certainly something that’s hard to find in summer, when the coast fills up with visitors and prices rise proportionately. There’s probably no other country in Europe where the cost of accommodation is subject to such seasonal distortions. However there are still plenty of…

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  • Croatia’s best beachside campsites

    Croatia’s best beachside campsites

    June 17th, 2014Jonathan Bousfield
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    Croatia’s growing popularity with independent travellers has given a new lease of life to the Adriatic camping scene, with a new breed of small, family-owned sites squeezing themselves into some beautiful corners of the country’s famously stunning coastline. Facilities are improving – nowadays you get things like wi-fi as well as hot water – but it’s…

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  • The best festivals in Croatia this year

    The best festivals in Croatia this year

    May 29th, 2014Jonathan Bousfield
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    So how exactly did the Croatian coast become Europe’s favourite festival-going riviera? Much of the credit must go to the Zadar-based Garden organisation, who organised the first ever Garden Festival back in 2006. The Garden’s combination of niche music, small numbers, blissfully unspoiled beaches and slightly bonkers boat parties laid down the template for events…

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  • What the WWI centenary means for Sarajevo

    What the WWI centenary means for Sarajevo

    May 9th, 2014Jonathan Bousfield
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    With the WWI centenary coming up, Jonathan Bousfield looks at what it means for Sarajevo, the city where it all began 100 years ago. With its fantasy-novel-meets-fairytale skyline of church belfries and minarets, the Bosnia-Herzegovinian capital of Sarajevo is the perfect place for a romantic long-weekend break. Or at least that’s what Archduke Franz Ferdinand…

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  • Vienna remembers the Great War

    Vienna remembers the Great War

    April 23rd, 2014Jonathan Bousfield
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    If there is one European city that seems particularly focused on the World War I centenary then it is the Austrian capital Vienna, where a host of war-themed exhibitions will be opening over the course of the year. Such attention may come as something as a surprise when one considers that the Austro-Hungarian Empire was…

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  • Ten central & Eastern European sites to mark the WWI Centenary

    Ten central & Eastern European sites to mark the WWI Centenary

    April 2nd, 2014Jonathan Bousfield
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    Most of us know that World War I started with the assassination of an Austrian Archduke in the Bosnian capital of Sarajevo. For the English-speaking world, however, the subsequent history of the conflict largely focuses on the Western Front, Gallipoli and other theatres where British, Commonwealth and American forces saw action. It is often forgotten…

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  • Ten reasons to explore Poland

    Ten reasons to explore Poland

    February 19th, 2014Jonathan Bousfield
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    Poland has always been the Doctor Who of the European continent, undergoing successive bouts of regeneration in response to the challenges of war, revolution or regime change. For the traveller, many of the old clichés about this country’s grim post-communist cities can be safely thrown out of the window – in fact, there’s hardly a single…

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  • Ten reasons why you should visit Lviv, Ukraine

    Ten reasons why you should visit Lviv, Ukraine

    February 7th, 2014Jonathan Bousfield
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    Home to a burgeoning café scene and an ever-growing stock of backpacker hostels, the western Ukrainian city of Lviv (Львів) represents the country at its most tourist-friendly. A top pick in Rough Guides’ top ten cities for 2014 list, it’s certainly the Ukraine’s biggest surprise, a former outpost of the Habsburg Empire whose elegance and charm will challenge…

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  • European Capital of Culture 2014: why Riga?

    European Capital of Culture 2014: why Riga?

    January 13th, 2014Jonathan Bousfield
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    January 2014 sees the start of Riga’s year-long stint as European Capital of Culture, an honour it shares with the Swedish town of Umeå. The occasion provides the Latvian capital with a golden opportunity to shrug off its reputation as a cheap destination for boozy breaks, and focus instead on the more creative aspects of…

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  • Crossing cultural boundaries in Krakow

    Crossing cultural boundaries in Krakow

    November 25th, 2013Jonathan Bousfield
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    Poland’s oldest football team, Cracovia Kraków, serves as a metaphor for the multicultural history of the city. During the interwar years, Cracovia was nicknamed the “Yids” because significant members of Kraków’s Jewish community were on both the terraces and the team sheet. It also happened to be the favourite team of local boy Karol Wojtyła, who would later become…

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  • Fish stew with a difference, Hungary

    Fish stew with a difference, Hungary

    August 21st, 2013Jonathan Bousfield
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    It’s famed for its goulash, but there is far more to Hungarian cuisine than this dish alone. The speciality of southern Hungary is halaszlé, a blisteringly hot crimson-coloured soup with huge chunks of carp, catfish and zander floating around in it. With the Danube, Drava and Tisza rivers yielding the fish, and the paprika produced…

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